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via Missio Alliance: When to Loosen Our Tongues: How Testimonies Spark Revival

We’re so concerned about taming our tongues that we’ve forgotten that sometimes our call is to loosen them. We’re so careful to avoid seeking the limelight that we’re seeking the shadows. We’re so worried if we’ll have the right words that we forget the Source of every utterance; how to Moses, to Jeremiah, to the apostles, God said, “I will give you the words.”

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Joining God to Make a Difference: New Collective Church

In 2018, Highlands Fellowship adopted new mission and vision statements. The vision statement started with that same concept of joining God to make a difference through our church, in our community, and around the world.None of us knew what that would look like when we agreed to this vision of joining God. In the fall of 2018, God was speaking to many staff members about what he wanted to do with the Johnson City campus of Highlands Fellowship.

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The Cat in the Shed

Over a month ago, one of the three feral cats that hang around our house went missing, after we heard a vicious midnight fight in the woods. We grieved the loss because “Booties,” with his clean white paws, was the friendliest of the three.  But one morning last week, my wife noticed movement in the window of the shed about 60 feet from the house. She went closer and saw the face of a cat staring out at her through the window, and she could hear faint mewling. Long story short: we rejoiced as eventually Booties crept out to meet us!

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Impact: More Than a Mission Camp—A Family

I have been a part of Impact Mission Camps as a camper, staff member, and now as on-site coordinator since 2009. While on staff in the summers of 2015 and 2016 I was able to meet so many wonderful people. Since I have been a part of camp for ten years now, I have had the opportunity to meet and bond with other fellow Impacters over the years and when I became a staff member I was able to reconnect with previous crew chiefs, youth leaders, and even some campers.

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Graceland Baptist Church: Connecting with Neighbors

Many times in scripture we see Jesus going to someone's home and eating with them at the table. He had great compassion for all people. The church seems to always grow (both inwardly and outwardly) as it becomes intentional and passionate by going out to share the love of Christ with people, to bless and relate with people, to pray with people, to break bread with people, and to give them the good news as the love of Christ is experienced in action.

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Co-creators With God

I believe through years of education, wisdom from many professors, and years of ministry experience that we are created to imagine, create goodness, and seek to be co-creators with God in order for earth to be more like heaven. What would it look like for our Sunday School classes/small groups to imagine new possibilities, create goodness, and seek to be co-creators?

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Make Generosity Part of Your Church’s DNA

People are naturally generous, but too many people today are constricted from giving by other financial obligations: mortgage, college debt, cars, credit cards, etc. Having enough money to pay for utilities, food, and clothing stretches some families to the limit.Modern advertising tells people to spend money as fast as they can. Very few voices are telling people to spend responsibly, save at least 10%, set aside another 10% for retirement, and give away 10% to non-profits. The church can help with that void.

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via Fresh Expressions: For Such a Time as This

For such a time as this! These words come from the middle of the familiar story of Esther. She finds herself in between a current reality that is quite comfortable for her and either destruction or a future full of freedom for more than just herself- a time in which she has to decide to either play it safe or step out on faith.

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From Broken to Golden

This week I discovered an interesting art form which in Japanese is called “Kintsugi,” which has become a process of repairing broken porcelain with a particular lacquer laced with gold dust, or liquefied gold.

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Appomattox Association Sponsors Sports Day for Fun and Outreach

Posted: 6/26/19 at 1:40pm. Article by Lara Peterson. Grace Hills Baptist Church hosted the Appomattox Baptist Association’s Sports Day on Wednesday, June 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. With 94 participants ranging from children who had completed kindergarten through 5th grade, and 28 volunteers from throughout the association, the day was a great success. The participants moved through seven …

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Six Stages of Bible Study that Lead to Discipleship

If we are taking Sunday School/small group Bible study seriously as a place for transformation (instead of knowledge) and a community of faith (instead of simply a classroom experience), then we need to begin understanding how it can be a discipling process. Sunday School/small group is one of the church’s ministries where biblical application, more intimate relationships, and ongoing learning can enhance the transformative process to be more like Christ.

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Best Practices in Church Leadership

Today’s church requires all of us as leaders, whether on staff or volunteer, to stretch our thinking and tackle issues that previous generations just weren’t required to face.How will you, as a local church leader, discover new or expanded practices that might help you overcome current obstacles or enable you to create breakthrough and enhance the vitality of the local ministry the Lord has set you in?

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From Chaos to Collaboration: An Ant’s Story

Have you ever watched ants when they find food? Within a short period of time, one ant becomes an army of ants. They look really erratic—almost frantic and chaotic. They crisscross here and there, going one way and then changing directions. They move very quickly, sometimes doubling back on their path.

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via Fresh Expressions: Is God Tapping on Your Shoulder?

Most pioneers feel inadequate. But they also feel an unrelenting instinct that SOMEONE needs to come alongside THESE PEOPLE and connect with them. They know the church needs to break out and join in the mission of God already in motion in the community. They feel that they have little to offer, but they become open to offering it anyway.

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